George Russell explains the demands of being a Mercedes driver

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After his first year with the team, George Russell says the demands of being a Mercedes Formula 1 driver have “definitely taken a toll” on him.

George Russell has completed his first year as a Mercedes Formula 1 driver. The Briton reveals that the off-track demands of being a Mercedes driver are something he had the hardest time with.

“I wouldn’t say necessarily ‘pressures’ of the off-track stuff, but it’s the time consumption of the things off track,” the Briton said when asked to describe the pressures of driving for a team like Mercedes.

“For every one day of marketing, that’s one day less in the gym, or training or resting and recovering to be in a better place for the next race.

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“That’s definitely taken a toll on me.”

Russell also revealed Mercedes expects their drivers to complete 60 days of marketing activities a year.

“That’s two months’ worth. And these are flights, hotel nights, on my own.

“It’s just part of being a Mercedes driver, but that’s definitely a shock to the system,” he concluded.

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